Coping with stress

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Marie Waldron
Marie Waldron. Valley News/Courtesy photo

Assemblymember Marie Waldron

Special to Valley News

2020 has been a tough year for everyone. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in business shutdowns, growing unemployment and extreme economic distress, along with related public health/mental health impacts for thousands. And now, the drawn-out election aftermath and the fast approaching holiday season will add to what’s already been one of the most stressful years in decades. Stress and anxiety levels are going through the roof.

Everyone copes with stress differently, but there are generally agreed upon methods people can use to keep stress in check. Among these are limiting the amount of time they spend listening to news sources, maintaining supporting relationships with friends and family, eating right, avoiding excessive food and alcohol and getting plenty of exercise, if we’re able. If stress or anxiety is interfering with daily life, contacting care providers may help. In addition, there are many resources available to help people cope.

I’m listing just a few below:

National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 800-273-8255

California Youth Crisis Line: 800-843-5200

Teen Line: 800-852-8336

Disaster Distress Helpline: 800-985-5990

Veterans Crisis Line: 800-273-8255

LGBT National Hotline: 800-273-8255

National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-7233

Victims of Crime Resource Center: 800-842-8467

Substance Abuse/Mental Health Services National Helpline: 800-662-4357

For first responders:

Fire/EMS Helpline: 888-731-FIRE

COPLINE: 800-267-5463

Iverson Foundation for Active Awareness

For older Californians:

Friendship Line: 888-670-1360

Aging and Adult Information Line: 800-510-2020

For a more complete list of resources available, visit https://covid19.ca.gov/resources-for-emotional-support-and-well-being/.

Taking care of your mental health is just as important as taking care of your physical health. I hope these resources are helpful for you and your loved ones.

Assembly Republican Leader Marie Waldron, R-Escondido, represents the 75th Assembly District in the California Legislature, which includes the communities of Bonsall, Escondido, Fallbrook, Hidden Meadows, Pala, Palomar Mountain, Pauma Valley, Rainbow, San Marcos, Temecula, Valley Center and Vista.